Although he enters week one with a hamstring problem, you can bank on Dustin Keller having a career year in 2012. First of all, he is the safest target for Mark Sanchez. He is the only weapon that Mark Sanchez has had for his entire career, and with that comes a deeper chemistry than he has with other guys. The rest of his weapons have been interchangeable parts, so he has not been able to establish that same level of chemistry.
Secondly, Dustin Keller has not been thrilled about the fact that he has not received a contract extension. He feels that as a member of the core of this team, he should have been extended in the way Nick Mangold, David Harris, and others had their rookie contracts extended. He is taking the attitude that he is going to show the Jets he deserves the extension. He will do it by having a huge year in 2012.
Yes, he only played in one game with the starters, and he had help. He also didn’t go up against a front seven that was the quality of the New York Giants. That being said, we have made an improvement to the offensive line, finally. Austin Howard really looks like he is going to be able to pay well on the right side of that line. He is a big guy, and his footwork over there is excellent. The right side of the offensive line will be leaps and bounds better than it was in 2011.